About this site:
What’s with the name “Depleted Cranium”?
There is a page which answers that here
What’s the purpose of this website?
To help weed out the bad science and misinformation out there and generally to encourage critical thinking. There are a lot of myths in the world and sometimes a little knowledge can be dangerous when parts are left out. Pointing out common misunderstandings and sensationalism is important to allow for a clear understanding of science and the world around us all. More here.
Why is bad science so bad?
Misinformation and sensationalized claims really hurt everyone by perpetuating inaccurate information within the general public. It can effect individuals on a personal level, such as those who might make medical decisions based on inaccurate information and it can also effect everyone when the public demands products or services based on misconceptions. For example, a hospital may have to forgo a new MRI machine because so many patients demand touch therapy or homeopathic. Furthermore, when junk science influences public policy and government decisions, the results can be very dangerous.
In general, myths, misconceptions and fraudulent claims muddy the waters of knowledge and obscure the beautiful and fascinating incites that science has brought us. It serves to hold humanity back as we try to progress to a more enlightened and empowered future.
Isn’t science for scientists?
Absolutely not! At least not in the sense that it should be limited to the profession. Science is not only the means by which we can better understand the world around us, it can also be a lot of fun! Having a basic knowledge of science can help in weeding out scams and misinformation as well as making informed decisions about a variety of things. Consider the following analogy: You may not be a mechanic but if you have a basic knowledge of cars, you’ll be less likely to be scammed by a dishonest repair shop. You may also even be able to do a few things yourself, like change your wiper blades or give your car a jumpstart. Similarly, a basic knowledge of science and an interest in the principals behind it can come in very handy in everyday life.
Can the average person be expected to recognize bad science?
Short answer: yes. Long answer: The vast majority of bad science claims are easily recognized even by those who may not be very knowledgeable in the subject material. This is because such claims usually are very sensational, have little or no supporting evidence, are illogical or just seem too good or too strange to be true. These signs should raise a red flag right away.
Isn’t it important to respect the opinions of others?
Yes, it is. However, not everything is a matter of opinion. There are many principals and observations which are so well established, so well tested and so thoroughly investigated that there really is no conjecture: They are fact. If for example, someone wants to go around saying the world is flat, there’s no reason why that has to be treated as a respectable matter of opinion. It’s a factual matter, it’s silly and it’s just plain wrong.
Why does this website write off certain claims or even people as “stupid”? Isn’t that a rather juvenile way of addressing things?
In some cases, the claims are so outlandish or obviously bogus that it is almost impossible to address all the things wrong with them. Given the amount of junk science and scams out there, some times the most efficient way of dismissing them and simultaneously undercutting their creditability is to just point out how stupid they are.
As far as those who go around making such claims or trying to get bogus information into the educational system or the public mind, this blog sees no reason to treat them with kid gloves and every reason to take out the boxing gloves. Also, there is some tongue-in-cheek humor here from time to time.
What is with all the pictures in posts?
In addition to helping to illustrate the posts, providing inline images can help a lot in providing some visual breaks for long text entries. A web browser is a much different reading experience than a book or magazine and it can be easy for your eyes to loose their place with the scrolling. Images help provide an implicit spacial context to your brain which makes the reading easier. More here.
Why are there so many posts on nuclear energy?
Nuclear energy has been the subject of a great deal of attacks based on bad science and misleading information. Nuclear energy also has a great potential to help reduce CO2 emissions and liberate society from the bounds of traditional energy sources, which are often very limited. These aspects are seen as very important by the author of this page.
Why so down on renewable energy?
Renewable energy too has a great deal of bad science and misinformation. The facts about renewable energy are sometimes surprising, especially concerning some of the limitations of sources like solar and wind. Since the environment is a major issue that everyone has a vested interest in, it’s important to understand things for what they are and realize the limitations of some technologies which have been promised but lack the realistic ability to do what many promote them for.
Why so down on homeopathy?
Because of all the scams and quackery out there, it’s so idiotic it’s just plain insulting.
About the Author:
Who are you?
My name is Steve. I go by the name Dr Buzz0 online. I usually spell it with a zero.
Are you actually doctor?
No. I’m not a medical doctor and I don’t have a Ph.D.
Where do you get off calling yourself Dr then?
It’s something of a nickname. Was Duke Ellington an actual duke? Didn’t Gene Simmons call himself Dr. Love? For one thing my last name is not Buzz0 so it should be obvious that I’m not using that as an official title. In any case, I assure you that I am every bit as qualified as anyone with a doctorate in bioharmonic studies from the Online University of Sri Lanka.
No offense is meant to those who actually have a doctorate and they certainly deserve respect for their achievement and knowledge. However, it should be obvious that the name is a nickname and one which I got a long time ago.
Where did the name Drbuzz0 come from and why is it spelled with a zero?
The answer to both questions goes back a long long time to when I was in my early teens, the internet was still a novelty. I needed a screen name and I made this one up, but spelled it with the letter O and not a zero. Then I had a problem with the account I was on and couldn’t access it so I made a new one with a zero. I’ve used it as my default screen name ever since.
What is your expertise? Why should I listen to you?
I’ve always been interested and active in skepticism and science education for the general public. This page is about junk science and misinformation, which is something I have a lot of experience dealing with. I encourage you to read what I have to say and decide for yourself whether I’m creditable or not. That is obviously one of the foundations of critical thinking. I suggest that you read what I have to say and check out my sources. I’m confident you’ll find the information it’s based on is entirely valid.
Can DrBuzz0 Spell?
Yes, but not well. Spelling is not my strength and when I publish something to this website I do spellcheck and proofread it but ultimately some mistakes will slip through. I consider it rather ignorant to judge someone’s intelligence based on something like spelling, although it’s understandable that poorly spelled posts would make someone question their content. If you must know, when I was in early grade school I had a touch of dyslexia that went undiagnosed for a while and resulted in some issues with getting a good foundation and memorization of spelling. I’m also not a perfect typist. More here.